We have been seeing that ‘living like Jesus publically starts with living like Jesus privately’.
We have seen clearly that Jesus’ private life involved taking time to connect with the Father regularly; Jesus set the example for us concerning quiet time, and an important park of this quiet time is prayer.
There are many references to Jesus’ prayer life in the gospels, we can see that:
- He prayed often, He prayed early in the morning, late at night, all through the night.
- He prayed before critical events in His life.
- He prayed as He ministered to others.
- He prayed before His miracles.
- And He prayed for others.
In the garden of Gethsemane, the Bible states that during prayer He sweated blood, so great was His conversation with His Father.
His last authored prayer is the infamous ‘Not my will, but Yours’ be done.” These words of total submission to what abuse lay ahead are in sharp contrast to our human tendencies to avoid confrontation and death.
It’s not recorded that Jesus ever prayed in public. This of course doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t pray in public, but He taught His followers not to use their spirituality to call attention to themselves as the priests of that time were known to do.
He prayed in private. He specifically withdrew to a solitary place to avoid being distracted by others. We can follow His example by designating a quiet space for ourselves and schedule it at a time that we are less apt to be bothered by any distractions. Maintaining a focus on God is the main idea, so that we can hear Him speak to us in return.
Over the next days we shall be looking at prayer? How did Jesus Pray? What does the Bible teach about prayer? How can we improve our prayer life?
The Bible teaches us that we should be in an ‘attitude’ of prayer at all times. One of the coolest things about prayer is that we can pray while we are at work, in the home, or at our jobs. An attitude of prayer means that we are very much aware of the presence of God and that He is always listening.
“A fervent effective prayer avails much” (James 5:16) means that the most urgent smallest sentences are received with the same power as a prayer that is lengthy.